4 Daily Habits that are Causing Havoc on Your Hormones

  1. Choice of beauty and lifestyle products

    Our endocrine system is incredibly intricate and delicate. Different body systems work together in this magical symphony, The daily exposure to chemicals and fragrances (a fancy word for chemicals) found in cleaning products, makeup, body wash, period care products, shampoo, air fresheners, stain preventers, dishwasher tablets, plastics, perfumes, candles… the list is almost endless! puts strain on the body ability to handle these functions.

    While in 2024 exposure is completely unavoidable, taking small steps to limit exposure where possible all supports how the endocrine system can function.

    1. Take a look at your daily routine.
    2. Now How many different products do you use a day? from start to finish?
    3. Now look at each of those products, look at the ingredient list and add up every single ingredient of every product.

    That number is going to be HUGE! each one of those ingredients play a role on our health, and the scary part… none of them have been tested in conjunction with each other! so really, we aren’t 100% sure of their full impact.

    Again, we can’t avoid everything, but we can reduce our daily exposure. make small swaps where possible.
  2. Not eating enough protein.

    I can not tell you how many times someone has sat in front of me, searching for answers and the key to their symptoms is as simple as not eating enough protein! women need protein, we need it to build hormones and repair in the body.

    For women, we want to aim for at least 2g of protein/kg of body weight (ie for a 60kg female you want to aim for around 120g of protein daily).
  3. Skipping Meals + Fasting for too long:

    Fasting has its place, but there is a fine line between eating to give your body a break and fasting for too long and causing stress on the body systems. When your body feels stressed it will start to adjust its capabilities to deal with it. Long-term fasting for women, can put stress on our endocrine system (esp the thyroid, stress hormones, and sex hormone production), and in turn, the body responds by downregulating some systems and upregulating others. Long term this can start to alter the length of the menstruation cycle, fertility, even mood and gut health.
  4. Ignoring stress

    Our body can deal with stress, it’s designed rather brilliantly so we can’t deal with the event, rest from it and move on from it… but that doesn’t really happen anymore. we are connected to work more than ever and life doesn’t really slow down. in turn, our body gets tired and can’t sustain the level of effort that is required to deal with long-term stress.

    Nutrients deplete faster than we can replenish, our eating habits slip and our body feels it!

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